AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-9 - 2011 Issue 4; VOLUMES 1 & 2 NEW/REVISED CODES

Solitary Pulmonary Nodules

Effective October 1, 2011 subcategory 793.1, Nonspecific (abnormal) findings on radiological and other examination of body structure, Lung field, has been expanded to specifically identify solitary pulmonary nodule (793.11) and other nonspecific abnormal finding of lung field (793.19). Previously, there were no ICD-9-CM codes to uniquely describe a patient that has been identified as having a solitary pulmonary nodule. A solitary pulmonary nodule (SPN) presents itself as a round or oval spot (lesion) in the lungs usually deep within and surrounded with the lung parenchyma in a sub-segmental branch of the bronchial tree. The SPN in...

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